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Thread: Staining Plywood

  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    Staining Plywood

    sometimes surprises you no matter how much you have done it.. i had a couple of end tables to make and they had a plywood shelf above the drawer..
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    so after having trouble with today's thin veneered plywood in the past i was trying to be careful in my sanding regime, took and sanded it with a hard padded RO sander at 150 grit and then hand sanded with wooden block with 180 grit.. good to go and ready to stain,, well i almost glued these in place before the staining, and as you can see in the pics below, i am glad i didnt!! the first pic is the underside and the bad side of the plywood. the next 2 are the good side but wasnt.
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    so now i needed to fix this, either remake or pull some other trick out of the hat i left the shop that evening in a not happy mood.. couldnt sleep and almost got up in the middle of the night to remake them.. but decided against it. came out the next AM and took the worst one and tried a idea out.. and to my great pleasure gave me this return.

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    and allowed me to achieve this: X 2

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ID:	95021 Now here is the fix, i took and put on a new 120 grit disc and sanded the plywood tops till all was natural color wood except for the lowest grain, then sanded it with block sander with 150 grit.. stopped and re-stained. Liked what i saw and did the other shelf. tried this on the worst one first!!
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  2. #2
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Ya done good! Those book matches look great.

  3. #3
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Looks good from here! Sometimes, all it takes is a few deep breaths and a shot of scotch to figger out a solution!

    It's good to see you here again!
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ahh! catching some zzzzzzzzs and then attempting to fix the problem works wonders.
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    I've seen them in person and the color is spot on! Let alone a great piece X2. Thanks for sharing this bud

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    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    sometimes all you need is a good 40 winks to solve some problems. good work there young man! (good to see ya pokin yer nose in the door too!)
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  7. #7
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice looking tables Larry. So if I'm following you, the finer grits were closing off the grain too much and not absorbing?

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  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    So, looking at the 'bad' pics, it looks like what I could see was some 'waves' going across the grain that caused the stain to take unevenly?

    So the fix was to just sand the waves out?

    So basically, it was being cautious to not sand through the good face that caused you to not necessarily remove enough material to allow the stain to work evenly?

    It's this kind of thing that I think makes all the difference in the world. Someone that has the experience and eye to not only notice and be able to fix it.

    Great job Larry!

    Those tables sure do look nice!
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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Nice work. Proud of you. For more reasons than one!

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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
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